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Tuesday, 30 April 2013 17:10

Boston Lockdown … and Calls for More Police-state Measures

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“Forced lockdown of a city. Militarized police riding tanks in the streets. Door-to-door armed searches without warrant. Families thrown out of their homes at gunpoint to be searched without probable cause. Businesses forced to close. Transport shut down. These were not the scenes from a military coup in a far off banana republic, but rather the scenes just over a week ago in Boston as the United States got a taste of martial law,” wrote Ron Paul, the former congressman from Texas and presidential candidate, in an April 29 column for LewRockwell.com.

“The ostensible reason for the military-style takeover of parts of Boston was that the accused perpetrator of a horrific crime was on the loose. The Boston bombing provided the opportunity for the government to turn what should have been a police investigation into a military-style occupation of an American city. This unprecedented move should frighten us as much or more than the attack itself,” Paul said.

Ron Paul points out that “the suspect was not discovered by the paramilitary troops terrorizing the public. He was discovered by a private citizen, who then placed a call to the police. And he was identified not by government surveillance cameras, but by private citizens who willingly shared their photographs with the police.”

Others, however, see the Boston bombing as an excuse to ratchet up the police-state measures: fewer restrictions on domestic intelligence, more warrantless searches, more surveillance cameras, etc. Richard Falkenrath, Senior Fellow for Counterterrorism and Homeland Security at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), in an April 25 interview with Jonathan Masters on the CFR website, claimed the failure of the FBI to apprehend the Tsaraev brothers, the alleged perpetrators, before the attack, is evidence of “system” failure.

“The problem is inherent in our system of government, which does not have a domestic intelligence service,” said Falkenrath, adding that “so long as you want to have a system in which the activities of your domestic law enforcement agencies are tightly circumscribed by law and jurisprudence, you will have these sorts of mistakes and tensions.” He sees the so-called Patriot Act of 2001 as a good start, but would like to further “liberalize” our laws to allow more invasive monitoring of all citizens. He is also a big advocate of vastly expanding the deployment of surveillance cameras.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (CFR), meanwhile, said the country’s interpretation of the Constitution will “have to change” to allow for greater security to stave off future attacks.

Photo of police in Watertown, Mass.: AP Images

4 comments

  • Comment Link Tionico Tuesday, 30 April 2013 21:24 posted by Tionico

    and NO, their "needed lockdown" is NOT what led to the capture of the "ls". When will the ruling elite realise that WE THE PEOPLE are quite able to function without their expensive and deadly tools and fools. The dog and pony show that ensued when the Only Ones showed up, spraying hundreds of rounds of ammunition into a nineteen foot boat was more a release of pent up macho energy than intelligent LEO action. WHERE did those rounds go after they went through the skin of the boat? No one knows. Holes all over... and the "only ones" whine about civilians not being trustworthy or trained enough to "handle" their own defense, so women can't be armed against rapists... "who knows who they might shoot". I'll stand here and call the police "incompetent" for their incompetence and foolish handling of the whole thing. There are ways they could have got the kid out without any danger. Overkill for show.

  • Comment Link Tionico Tuesday, 30 April 2013 21:16 posted by Tionico

    to a civilian being dragged out of his house, hands on head, at the point of a number of FULL AUTO true assault weapons, there is scant difference between an MWRAP and an Abrams. The sight of either one, accompanied by their "attendants" in the sour mood they were in, is enough to make anyone wonder if perhaps they'd not fallen down the rabbit hole and ended up in the former Soviet Union somewhere. I've seen live video, clandestinely taken (against shouted orders) through windows of homes as they went their nasty way house to house, clearing them with shouted orders, gruff treatment, threats of further violence..... and frogmarched down the street against their will. None of THEM cared whether the monstrous metal machines in the streets were tanks, jeeps, MWRAPS, HumVees, halftracks, or Mopeds. So get off your high horse and get real. THIS was a travesty far worse then the rebel bombing itself.

  • Comment Link REMant Tuesday, 30 April 2013 20:50 posted by REMant

    I'm afraid Dr Paul has some of his facts mixed up, but that it all has become something of a govt boondoggle is apparent.

  • Comment Link Ziggy T Tuesday, 30 April 2013 18:01 posted by Ziggy T

    OMFG!!
    its IDIOTS LIKE THIS!! who cry the sky is falling and start a panic!!! Where in gods green earth did he get the Idea of an MWRAP or armored vehicle is a friggin tank???? With all the friggin subway tunnels a 70 ton Abrams tank woulda gone through the streets and wound up in a subway tunnel!! Yeah the 19 yo punk was found by a civilian but why was he hiding?? CAUZE THE COPS WERE ALL OVER THE PLACE!!. They needed to lock down the area so the little shit didnt get away!! Could you imagine the outcry if he hadnt of been caught!! The police would have been called incompetent!!

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